Family of tragic Rachel Watson pay tribute to beautiful, devoted mum

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The family of 43-year-old mother Rachel Watson who died after a collision with a car in Moortown have described her as “beautiful, generous and devoted” in a tribute released by police.

Mrs Watson was out running when collision occurred, involving a grey Vauxhall Corsa on the A6120 outer ring road, near to the junction with Tongue Lane, on Saturday, February 4 at around 10.20am.

As police issued a fresh appeal for witnesses, Mrs Watson’s family said in a statement: “We are completely devastated by the loss of Rachel, a devoted wife, mother, step mum, daughter and sister. Rachel was beautiful, warm, generous and kind - nothing was too much trouble for her family or her friends. She also had a great sense of fun and would light up any gathering.

“All those who knew Rachel will share our sadness at her tragic death, which came far too young, but she will be particularly missed by Nick, her husband, and the children.”

Police wish to speak to the occupants of a commercial vehicle travelling towards Lawnswood at the time of the collision, and the occupants of a learner driver vehicle who may have witnessed the incident.

Det Con Sam Davies said: “We believe the occupants of a small beige commercial vehicle travelling on the ring road between 10-10.20am may have seen what took place.

“There was also a minor collision on the Ring Road after the main incident between a learner driver vehicle and another vehicle. It is possible the occupants of the learner car may have witnessed the collision and captured it on the vehicle’s camera.”